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Robert C. Winthrop Speech

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Identifier: MS-3623

Robert Winthrop delivered this speech supporting the candidacies of John Bell, Edward Everett, and Abraham Lincoln at the Ratification Meeting in Boston on September 25, 1860. In it, he gives a prolonged and impassioned plea for a restoration of national harmony, saying that it is more important than slavery or party unity.

The text of this speech is followed by a letter from Mr. Walley addressed to L. Saltonstall. In it, he gives his support to the candidates because they stand for moderation and compromise toward maintaining the unity of the nation. These texts are printed in three columns on both sides of a large broadside.

Dates

  • 1860 September 25

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Robert Winthrop delivered this speech supporting the candidacies of John Bell, Edward Everett, and Abraham Lincoln at the Ratification Meeting in Boston on September 25, 1860. In it, he gives a prolonged and impassioned plea for a restoration of national harmony, saying that it is more important than slavery or party unity.

The text of this speech is followed by a letter from Mr. Walley addressed to L. Saltonstall. In it, he gives his support to the candidates because they stand for moderation and compromise toward maintaining the unity of the nation. These texts are printed in three columns on both sides of a large broadside.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Charles Winthrop was born on May 12, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to Thomas and Elizabeth (Temple) Winthrop. He graduated from Harvard in 1828 and was admitted to the bar in 1831. His first wife was Elizabeth Blanchard, and his second was C. Adelaide Granger. Winthrop was a Massachusetts state representative from 1835 to 1840, serving as Speaker of the House from 1838 to 1840. He was then a representative in the U.S. House, serving as its speaker from 1847 to 1849. He served as a U.S. senator from 1850 to 1851. Winthrop died on November 16, 1894 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Samuel Hurd Walley was born on August 31, 1805 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 1826 and was admitted to the bar in 1831. His first wife’s name was Mehetable Bates and his second wife’s name was Ann Hawes. He was a Massachusetts state representative in 1836 and again from 1840 to 1846, serving as speaker from 1844 to 1846. He was a U.S. representative from 1853 to 1855. In addition to his political duties, he served on the Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions from 1848 to 1867, promoted railroads, and was the president of Revere national Bank. Walley died on August 27, 1877 in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this collection in 1991.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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